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Max Baucus: Uh-oh, IRS Scandal May Grow


We noted last weekend that Benghazigate had finally broken through the first firewall and become “legitimated” by the MSM as a real scandal. The press has also been on top of the IRS/Tea Party outrages, for the most part, but now we’re learning that that scandal may run even deeper than reported. Political Wire picked up on a juicy quote from an interview Max Baucus gave to Bloomberg: “I have a hunch that a lot more is going to come out, frankly. It’s broader than the current focus.”

That’s Max Baucus, the retiring Democratic senator from Montana. It’s one thing when the press tastes blood (and Pulitzers) in the water. It’s quite another when party allies start dropping hints like these.

Second terms: where presidencies drown in scandal.

[Max Baucus photo courtesy of Getty Images]

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  • bigfire

    Have no fear. Even as the press learn they were targeted by this administration’s investigation, they have too much invested in him to do anything serious about it.

    • Corlyss Drinkard

      After 48 years inside the Beltway, I’m inclined to agree with you. What’s missing from the players that would signal this scandal has legs is a dominant conservative party with a consistent view of big government that can shape its narrative.

      On the other hand, of all the scandals inundating His Nose-in-the-Air-ship, the IRS one is the most likely to outlive the next big story because everyone hates the IRS. It doesn’t matter what your politics are, we’re all intimidated by IRS and live in fear of being targeted by them for any reason. I used to work there, and I can tell you it’s a closed society comprised of a certain mindset. They have no concept of mission, or of leadership. If you can imagine a world dominated by accountants and lawyers, then think of your archetype for both professions, you quickly see that IRS is an agency plagued by the worst exemplars of both profession. I won’t even go into the reasons why 50% of IRS employees are still mid-20th century key-stroke data clerks while the rest of us live in a 21st century data world.

  • Phineas Fahrquar

    “Second terms: where presidencies drown in scandal.”

    Particularly devout statist administrations raised from the mire of Chicago politics.

    • azt24

      …especially when devout statist administrations were given good reason to think that the press would never, ever cover any of their scandals. Wasn’t it just last month that Obama was being congratulated for being so “scandal-free”?

  • Anthony

    Official says Treasury Department knew of IRS inquiry in 2012 (congressional hearings on IRS); so it begins…

  • Happycrow

    A commenter over at Watts Up With That suggested that there’s a history of the EPA playing the same sort of games with FOIA requests. Bears watching.

    • Corlyss Drinkard

      This administration has been a cross between the criminal, the thuggish, and unabashed shakedown artists from the minute O. got the presidential gleam in his narrow-minded bigoted eye.

  • Corlyss Drinkard

    Amazing how retirement suddenly brings out the statesman instincts in groveling cowardly trolls who used to be people before they became pols. Darn lot of good they do us when the instincts finally struggle thru the partisan claptrap.

  • Marty Keller

    Well, anyone with more than a couple living brain cells could see this second term brouhaha coming ‘way back during the first campaign. Mr. Obama’s sanctimonious promise to end partisanship and provide the most transparent administration in the history of humankind was only rhetoric, but the adoring millions took it seriously. Now as the Chicago Alinskyite nature of this little man reveals itself more and more, the question remains, what is with us the voters that we are willing to believe such obvious nonsense?

    • Fred

      _what is with us the voters that we are willing to believe such obvious nonsense?_

      It is impossible to underestimate the intelligence of the American public.
      —H.L. Mencken

  • Jim Luebke

    The Honorable Senator looks like he’s about to start eating his glasses.

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